Obviously there's been plenty of development since then that I would not give back, but people favoring publishing their own sites rather than posting on social media is not incompatible with those developments. That part didn't need to be lost.
It gives you a folder, like Dropbox. Drop some files in, and you have your own website (over IPFS). It's still early, but it should work well enough. I'd love to hear some feedback, if anyone tries it.
What about updating the site?
With IPFS this means a completely new hash unless you're running under (through?) IPNS, to point a domain at a new hash. If it's a new hash every time, you give up quickly because you don't want to propagate a new hash to any potential users every time (in the general case).
Hearth will ask for your Eternum API key and will automatically update your URL to point to your latest hash. Like so:
There are only 214 million active sites and this number stop growing In contrast there are 2 billion active FB user pages, and 65 million FB business pages and growing.
That said, given the cyclical nature of design trends, I strongly suspect that we'll eventually start to see a gradual shift back toward customization, hopefully avoiding the ridiculous excesses of the MySpace era.
Polling Tumblr users on how they prefer to read pages—whether in the dashboard web-app, or by opening the links to the standalone HTML versions—would be pretty solid data on whether customization makes content overall better or worse from consumers' perspective.
I understand that might change soon, which is a shame.
 excepting /r/spackd--ks, as it always should be.
I think that overall it's a good move for Reddit, as the prevalence of pleasant-looking neutral themes like Naut is a good indication that the default is not really good enough anymore. My hope is that the new structured styles will provide a good balance between customizability and clean design that other sites might follow as a lead.
Anyone with legal/pr experience care to give us some insight what you think reddits decision to ban those subs was based on (like were they actually illegal or just banned for bringing bad PR)?
But seeing it now has kind of ruined my memory of it, heh. Like replaying a video game from when I was a kid. But it's interesting to see just how much the standard for design has changed in a relatively short time.
And it was as awful as you imagine.
The first 3 times you saw it ;)
* Moveable widgets
* Easy theme styling
* Optional complete CSS customization
And then, since one of the main points was an artistic gallery - we allowed users to share their CSS in the gallery, and other users could preview it and install it
Ex: http://route50.net/base/navarr http://route50.net/base/navarr?style=12675
I would. The corporate sites you mention are cumbersome and detrimental.
Yes, creating a web app is too much, and so is a project, in my opinion. A web document is all that might be needed:
Web components can change that in the future but until that it's pretty normal for developers to opt for tools that allow for creating a HTML fragment and building up HTML in another language.
Imagine if we had to do the c calling convention song and dance on every function call...
Having a web presence died off somewhat as people moved over to myspace and Livejournal then geocities and tripod started being abandoned. Then it started the rise of social, and guest books and web rings slowly became obsolete.
If you're feeling extra fancy, you can switch to gitlab to write and publish static websites in any framework of your choice (including plain html of course but you can use any framework of your choice such as Jekyll or even Vue Nuxt) right from the browser thanks to the power of the gitlab-ci.yml file. As someone who very much dislikes installing node js on my computer, I think this is fantastic.
But of course, just having access to computers and the internet wasn't a given for many families
IIRC this site was made in Word: https://web.archive.org/web/20060414015434/http://easternsho... (on mobile, can't look at source to verify)
it allows to zoom to perfectly readable size, no half screen taken by "use the app" with tiny close button, no social share floaters overlapping part of the text, no functionality removed for mobile, ...
A couple of years later, I re"designed" it. Both of them were about as cheesy as you'd expect a preteen's Star Trek fan page to be.
As highschoolers with absolutely zero web experience, it was peanuts publishing to the web. You could find guides on how to publish to things like geocities or other hosts (silly things like 50meg.com) everywhere. Sure we had some time, but we didn't have to put much effort in learning.
Maybe... hyperlinks via <a> tags?
Are there any practical applications of this protocol on the wild, or on paper? This server-to-server communication reminds me of email in a good way. It could open a door for websites to talk to each other without Facebook or Twitter chaperoning the whole thing.
Distributed video streaming: https://github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube
That said, I'm ashamed of all the sites that I built with Image Maps and Frames and glorious tables!
It really is sad that the rise of the social media has meant that so many people will not have the opportunity to have this type of experience in learning front end development from the ground up.
I think most people only want to get their ideas published. Whether it is in the form of tweets, blogs or their own sites, it does not matter much. If social media were available in this early era, average people wouldn't need to publish their own sites.
Come on, you know publishing can’t work without a paywall or your adblocker turned off, everyone knows that.
TV journalism worked fine when it was local owned, 30 mins on up to 3 channels.
I forgot about it, until years later I stumbled upon it again. I was embarrassed. I asked Yahoo to delete it.
But I'd forgotten the password, and I'd used fake personal details (wrong date of birth) to create the account, and I couldn't remember what the fake info was, so they refused to delete it because I couldn't verify that I was who I said I was.
What do I do? I hit on a solution. I decided to DMCA myself.
I sent Yahoo a DMCA takedown request for my old Geocities, and straight away it disappeared. Mission accomplished.
It's not that this didn't exist elsewhere on the internet (indeed it did, as of course I used these other sites as source material), but nowhere seemed to have the exact red-text-on-black-background look I was going for at the time.
The most excruciating part of this memory is not that I worshipped a nu-metal band, but instead that I hadn't yet discovered the magic of copying and pasting text. That's right: everything, from the lyrics themselves to the HTML tags, were typed manually by yours truly into the raw HTML editor.
I shudder to think how quickly I'd be fired today if I hadn't learned how to properly use a modern keyboard.
Boom na da mmm dum na ema
Da boom na da mmm dum na ema
So... fight something on the... dum na ema
Fight... some things they fight
So... something on the ...dum na ema
Fight... something on the... dum na ema
No... some things they fight
Fight... something of the... dum na ema
Part of me...
Had I understood the concept of saving web pages (or even copy and pasting text), I could have stored the stories I wanted to share as plaintext files, put them on a floppy disk, and then transferred them to the Laser 486 to print. The idea that the text could be transferred from one machine to the other didn't really register with me, so what I did instead was to read Zelda fanfic online, then rush upstairs to the other computer with enough of the story still fresh in my head and re-construct the stories as best I could from memory. Usually, I tried to imitate the style and structure of the original fanfiction, but sometimes I would inject my own personal style or intentionally change details in places where I felt like my own imagination could improve over what I recalled of the original story. The longer I did this, the more I found myself re-writing others' stories rather than aiming to simply reproduce them, sometimes to the point where my "imitation" could barely be distinguished as an attempt to copy.
I started writing fiction professionally in my 20's (which I'd consider to be a fairly young age), and I think a big part of what allowed me to go pro so young is that under the Malcolm Gladwell "10,000 hours of practice" model I ended up getting most of my practice in pretty early (at the time not even acting with the intention of practicing fiction writing), so perhaps my inability to copy and paste text was ultimately responsible for kicking off my career as a storyteller. In retrospect, re-writing fan fiction was the modern equivalent of apocrypha (non-canon stories) repeated and passed down through oral tradition.
I used to be a hardcore industrial fan
There, I said it. Now I'm too embarrassed to listen to them except in the privacy of my own car. "Like a CHAINSAW! Skin your ASS RAW!"
Circa 1988 I was sitting in the high school cafeteria listening to very early techno on my big fat Walkman knockoff and obnoxiously large headphones. Acquaintance rolls up to me and says "Lemme listen." I hand him the headphones. "This is good but I could, like, only listen to this in a club." My response? "Your loss."
Years later, I discover Deadmau5, and then the whole electronic music scene that I had been blissfully listening to for years without giving a fuck ex-fucking-splodes. I could not believe it.
Just like what you like and fuck haters.
It got a little out of hand, there's a picture on there of a football player tackling Mr. Davis in the middle of a lesson (I think he got suspended).
Mr. Davis threatened to sue me if I didn't take the website down. I left it up, but became the only student at my high school banned from bringing cameras to school.
http://www.oocities.org/hugmrdavis/ (click picture to enter)
We regularly exchanged insults, and laughed about it. This idea grew out of that, and despite his protests, I'm pretty sure he thought it was funny up until a football player full-on tackled him during a lesson (was not my idea, and I even admonished the guy on the website).
Most personal websites were exactly like this, word art, silly animated GIFs, "under construction" images, the author being optimistic about updating the site.
Soemtimes you'd come across someone who'd made a site that more focussed around a special interest and they updated it often, a personal endevour that probably never got that many views, but my god sometimes you'd come across some gems.
We don't get a ton of media attention (and when we do it's usually stupid and focused on anachronistic design rather than creative control), but we're still growing steadily and getting a lot of really interesting new web sites and traffic.
My own old page: https://mat.tl/archive/1994.htm
Neocities has some experimental support for IPFS, but there's much room for improvement here.
For example, when my school first got internet access. It was on two computers in the library. Each class would get scheduled time to come and "surf". You would prepare for your upcoming slot by coming up with a list of urls. I remember wanting to go to the TSN website (Canadian ESPN basically). They would list it during shows and I remember having to watch for a while because I couldn't write it all down at once... http://www.tsn.ca I would get a few characters, then have to wait for the next splash of the url.
1. Get a copy of Dreamweaver 8, or 9.
2. Switch it to 'code' view only.
3. Install the HTML5 intellisense updates.
4. Create a new 'HTML template' that has HTML5 header tags.
One perfectly good and usable HTML/JS/CSS editor, with what I feel is still the best intellisense for CSS around.
 '8' is better, as it's before Adobe took over, added bugs and renumbered it '9'. Seriously... they are functionally the same product.
It's awesome if you want to see which animated separator GIFs and crazy tiled backgrounds you were using.
That really brings back some memories.
Although if you search for 'blink tag' or 'marquee tag' on google, you get some fun easter eggs!
I just wish the guestbook still worked. :)
I hadn't looked at the site in years and was actually surprised to find it still running. It's been on the same free hosting site for about 20 years.
Write it in perl.
And lets us know its working again with a blink tag.
First update the site has seen in 19 years.
- The midi version of the exorcist theme song that autoplayed
- That old animated HR of a stickman peeing onto an internet explorer button
- Various 2600 magazine related documents and links
- A whole bunch of VB6 apps I made and their source code
- A guestbook / hit counter
BUT here's my first freelance web design site from 2001:
The copy on that site is next level cringe worthy.
Also, does anyone remember the original Andy's Art Attack when it came to design? http://www.brucelevick.com/andyart/. Make sure to click into one of the pages because the sidebar was epic for its time.
Making interactive forms and CGIs was where I really started getting inspired to learn programming. Matt's scripts were some of the first perl I learned from. I basically transformed WWWBoard into a web-based chat back in '97.
His stuff was great and it was amazingly ubiquitous back then. If a site had an email form, forum or guestbook, chances are it was his work.
Really makes me cringe to read some of that text, but that was high school.
Oh, and even more eye-bleeding is the page I ran for a Nomic that I was in, and webmaster (sorry, "Secretarylet of the Revolution in charge of Web Pages") for: http://www.nomic.net/deadgames/macronomic/. I don't know what I was thinking when picking that particular shade of red; red made sense, but I'm sure that even with the palettes available back then, I could have picked one a bit less painful.
It's always kind of neat to look at these sites and see the creativity of them. I wasn't really on the internet back then, but I do remember just looking for all of those multi-color joke sites. I love it when these sites pop up here.
I always enjoy showing people Zombo Com:
Over time, Flash died and so they kept the spirit alive by creating an HTML5 version:
Some things are just worth keeping around, just so that we don't lose our history and zeitgeist of earlier decades. We don't have photographs to remind us and if the old internet dies, we lose a huge chunk of what made today possible.
If you want a lot more of these pages, look through the webring directory. http://dir.webring.org/rw . Here is a random list of them from one user I found as an example: http://ss.webring.org/navbar?f=l;y=victoriavandyke;u=1001988...
A detailed description of webrings: http://www.jamesshuggins.com/h/rng1/webring-dot-com-system.h...
I also remember using Blogger to publish to my site via their "Publish to FTP" feature. I remember using a different comment system because Blogger didn't have its own. Later, moved to Movable Type. Beta tested WordPress at a time when it had no option to create pages. I think, by 2003/2004, my website became just a full-fledged blog, powered by WordPress and it remained to this day.
The early 00's was, indeed, an era of lots of fun and experiments.
At some point (alas!) I lost the domain robot-frog.com, so note that some of the top-level links on the site won't go to the right place. All the relative links should work, though.
The name of the is the site is kind of silly. I was typing random emoticons in an email and came up with [:|], which looked like a robot frog to me.
I also think that the name of the site is more awesome than silly. Not that silly is bad. A bit of silly makes life much more enjoyable! :)
I loved hearing about cool websites via word-of-mouth. Starting there, and then just following a rabbit hole of links to places I've never been before.
I suppose it's still possible if enough people agree to host sites that reject crawlers.
Goes from dark and pompous to enigmatic.
Its original purpose (created in 1997 or 1998?) was a Final Fantasy VII fan page, but it seems that stage of it is long lost.
Compared to today we were underground. The few of us who participated in online forums and groups.
I remember Yahoo groups and thinking about how revolutionary it was to let anyone create their own "space" for other people online.
I also remember some e-friends from the US creating an open source version of it and realizing that anything can be done.
My first one, 1997 I think, had a photo of my face (complete with ‘curtains’ hairstyle) that was an imagemap. Click my ears and you get a page about the music I liked; eyes were movies; forehead was books and so on. Terrible cringeworthy perfection. It was on my university network so long gone now. I doubt I’d recognize the skinny shit in the photo anyway.
There is supposed to be more content, but it's ridiculously broken under webarchive indexing
Gif arşivi yenilendi (gif archive)
Duvar Yazıları (some wall texts)
YENİ 1 ICQ KULLANICISI(Toplam 17 Kullanıcı) (apparently i had a list of potentially Turkish users).
İnter Emlak bölümünde kiralık ev arayan biri var (and my attempt for starting an online real estate site.
Found him years ago via the Visible Barbie project, http://www.trygve.com/visible_barbie.html
He hasn't updated his blog in years, but for years I would look forward to his random posts since it would remind me of the mid/late 90s when I was just getting online, reading AOL's documentation on how to write HTML.
- Turn the volume one for this one and peep the marquee in the title: http://erikflynn.repl.co/Website/
- A music website "imma be link yall up with some good playlists" http://lexiecampbell.repl.co/Music/
- JACK WEBSITE: with a fun animated background and his "bangin tunes" http://jackburgess123.repl.co/JACK-WEBSITE/
- "HOW TO BE A BOSS AT FORTNITE" http://daremccloskey_t.repl.co/FortniteTips/
- Space website: learn about blackholes, dark matter, and more http://laser431.repl.co/Real-Space-Website/
- A kid's website with resume and updates 90s style http://anonimoussyed.repl.co/My-website/
- Shitposting 90s style http://rmalagon.repl.co/Memes/
A lot more where that came from, if people are interested I can put up a page so you can surf!
UPDATE -- here are some games:
- Car Wars (this was trending on reddit) http://sbenderschii.repl.co/Car-Wars/
- Hard pong game (use your mouse to move) http://echocoding.repl.co/Project-Classic-Pong/
- Snake game http://noahcapucilli_shata.repl.co/Javscript-snake/
- Cookie clicker http://prestonsia.repl.co/Cookie-Clicker/
- Bounce blob http://birduugaming.repl.co/BounceBlob/
- Flappy ball http://gvanminsel.repl.co/flappy-ball/
To view source it's repl.it/@<user subdomain>/<pathname>
e.g. http://birduugaming.repl.co/BounceBlob/ -> https://repl.it/@birduugaming/BounceBlob
>I OWN A CSGO CHEAT THAT YOU CAN BUY FOR 3 POUNDS A MONTH.
>I'M UPDATING IT ALOT AND NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN BANNED FROM IT.
Geocities > Angelfire > Homestead > Lycos Tripod.
I remember holding this opinion but cannot remember why, or if it was actually informed by anything.
It might be sitting on an old hard drive in my basement (I never dispose of them with other equipment, instead telling myself I will someday wipe them manually and/or drill through the platters).
Don't do that! Hoard them to sell on eBay for hobby money later. There is a looming retrocomputing SCSI hard drive shortage. You can already get good prices for 50-pin SCSI drives. I don't know about ATA/IDE drives, but I imagine people trying to build "authentic" systems will drive demand in the next decade as well.